A SAFE JOURNEY WITH HER
The UNITE to End Violence against Women initiative is a multiyear effort to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world. The initiative, launched in 2008 under the leadership of the UN Secretary-General, was created to support the civil society-led 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign around the world. UNITE calls on governments, civil society, women’s organizations, young people, the private sector, media, and the UN system to join forces to address the global pandemic of violence against women and girls. The global theme of this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, which runs from 25 November to 10 December 2023, is “UNITE! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls”.
Despite growing efforts and achievements, violence against women and girls remains the most widespread human rights violation worldwide, affecting more than 1 in 3 women. Over the past 20 years, Thailand has made considerable progress in developing a systematic response for women and girls facing violence, adapting the legal and policy framework, and setting up dedicated health and; social service facilities. Still challenges and opportunities for improvement remain, for instance regarding the prevention of intimate partner violence, the accessibility of prevention, response and reporting services as well as the long-term care provision for survivors of violence.
Why Orange the World
The UNiTE campaign has proclaimed the 25th of each month as “Orange Day”, a day to raise awareness and take action to end violence against women and girls. As a bright and optimistic colour, orange represents a future free from violence against women and girls. UNiTE mobilizes people around the world to support the #OrangeDay initiative. It calls on people everywhere to wear the colour orange and take action to end violence against women and girls in communities, at home, in public spaces, in schools and workplaces, during conflict and in times of peace.
A public event bringing the symbols, key messages, and objectives of the 16 Days of Activism to the broader public, including 1) an inclusive and safe bicycling event to galvanize support for the campaign; 2) an open-air exhibition featuring 20 empowering portraits and testimonials of survivors of Gender-Based Violence as well as actors working in prevention and response services; and 3) an open platform for dialogue among government representatives, international partners and CSOs on current priorities and initiatives.
Sunday morning, 26 November 2023 from 7 am to 9.30 am.
Wachira Benchathat Park (Rot Fai Park). The ceremony location is near the Rot Fair parking:
The event aims to reach 500 participants and will be organized by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, the United Nations in Thailand, and the Embassies of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
The organizers will provide bikes and insurance free of charge to the first 500 participants to arrive. This is a family friendly event and there will be available bikes for children. Registration and pickup of bikes start at 7:00 am.
Kindly, fill out this registration form and all the information required to ensure smooth registration and inclusion in the insurance. The deadline for registration is 26 November 2023.
07:00 – 07:30 Registration
07:30 – 07:45 Opening ceremony: Welcome remarks by the Governor of Bangkok, UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand, and representatives from BENELUX Embassies
07:45 – 08:00 Visit of the open-air exhibition
08:00 – 08:30 Bicycle tour around the park (1 loop)
08:30 – 08:40 Coffee and Refreshment Break
08:40 – 09:30 Platform for open dialogue
09:30 End of event
This event is generously funded by the Embassies of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, and the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls within the programme "Safe and Fair: Realizing women migrant workers' rights and opportunities in the ASEAN region" (Safe and Fair). Safe and Fair is part of the Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls by 2030, a global, multi-year initiative between the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN).